Supplements to stop weight gain:
Happy New Year. The holidays are over. Many of us have gained a couple of pounds. For January, we have three supplements on sale: two to curb sugar cravings and one to keep from snacking and overeating.
When you crave sweets, many times it is a mineral deficiency. The top mineral that I see is chromium. So many of my patients tell me that Ultrachrome works like a charm in curbing that sweet tooth. Also, one symptom of too much sugar is mid back pain and chromium can also help with the pain there. The chromium that I use works much better than chromium picolinate:
From Thorne’s website:
UltraChrome is Thorne’s patented chromium product, consisting of chromium arginate and chromium 4-oxopyridine, 2,6-dicarboxylate. Compared to other chromium compounds, including chromium picolinate, this combination of chromium chelates appears to have the highest bioavailability.*
In an in vitro study testing glucose uptake by adipocytes, chromium 4-oxopyridine, 2,6-dicarboxylate was shown to have the highest tissue levels and biopotency.* Chromium arginate was the most effective at enhancing the action of insulin at the cellular level.*
Chromium is an essential nutrient for human life and is widely distributed in small quantities in food; however, the refining of flour and sugar has depleted chromium levels in many foods. Metabolic stress, strenuous exercise, and pregnancy can all increase chromium needs.* Studies suggest adequate chromium intake supports already normal blood glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, and sperm count.*
The second is Vanadium Sulphate. This is from Clinical Indications for Thorne Research Products By Michael Lebowitz, DC:
Vanadium in this form has been shown to be capable of mimicking most of the effects of insulin, including lowering blood sugar levels. It also appears to stimulate the activity of bone mineralization-promoting osteoblasts. In some patients, vanadyl sulfate decreases the liver’s synthesis of cholesterol. Deficiency of this mineral has been associated with depressed growth, abnormal bone development, heart disease, and cancer.
Thorne has stopped carrying it, but I did find a replacement.
Finally Pepti-Guard was originally used for infection of the upper GI tract. It helps to calm and sooth the stomach. I’ve found that it can help reduce stomach inflammation, and calm the stomach reducing “hunger pangs” and the need to snack through the day. It can also help prevent overeating.
Pepti-Guard is the long-anticipated reformulation of our tried and true standby – Formula SF734. This GI support product is formulated for specific support of healthy flora in the upper gastrointestinal tract, particularly the stomach.
Pepti-Guard helps maintain a healthy balance of GI flora while helping soothe and heal mucus membranes. This new product contains the same primary ingredients – deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), berberine HCl, and bismuth citrate – as Formula SF734. However, the bentonite clay has been replaced with a potent aloe vera extract with significant GI healing properties.
~From the Thorne website
From Dr. Lebowitz on the similar previous formulation SF734:
A correlation exists between peptic and duodenal ulcers and colonization with Helicobacter pylorii. The ingredients in Formula SF734 are formulated to both inhibit the growth of this species and to accelerate the healing of ulcerous tissue. Test the substance over the stomach or duodenum. Chicken and/or eggs can be a source of Helicobacter contamination, which Formula SF734 can be useful in treating. Warn patients that while taking this product their stool may temporarily turn black due to the bismuth in it.